The Central Iowa Expo grounds near Boone, Iowa, will once again be the site for the Hay and Forage Expo (formerly, Farm Progress Hay Expo), which will be held on June 25 and 26. The Central Iowa Expo is also the location for the 2014 Farm Progress Show.
The Hay and Forage Expo offers you exclusive access to the latest hay and forage technology with an extensive exhibit field and side-by-side field demonstrations throughout each day. With more than 150 acres of alfalfa to operate demonstrations, there will be plenty of room and product to show off the big machines in the field. Field demonstrations include mowing, conditioning, tedding, merging, baling, hay handling and forage harvesting demonstrations.
Weather and weather conditions permitting, demonstrations will begin in the morning with mowing, conditioning and forage chopping. Raking, baling and hay handling will round out the demos in the afternoon.
A 10-acre exhibit field will feature displays from the major and shortline manufacturers, seed, building and storage facility suppliers, and a range of related suppliers. Expect to see an assortment of products aimed at boosting efficiency and profitability for your hay and forage production.
Lunch and learn
Iowa State University will sponsor educational programs during the lunch hour both days of the Expo.
On Wednesday at 12:30 p.m., Elwynn Taylor, ISU Extension climatologist, will present the weather outlook for 2014 and beyond.
On Thursday at 12:30 Dr. Matt Dar, ISU assistant professor in Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering, will discuss corn stover and what you need to know about managing and selling biomass to a cellulosic biorefinery. Dr. Darr's research emphasis includes equipment development for enhanced densification and logistics for cellulosic biomass feedstock, optimized storage and material upgrading for long term biomass feedstock stability, and machinery automation to support both biomass feedstock collection and optimal fertilizer placement.
ISU's displays will focus on alfalfa, dairy/beef and bioenergy forages. Topics include: (alfalfa) selecting varieties, P and K fertilizer recommendations, sulfur deficiency, foliar fungicides, pest management; (dairy and beef) raising replacement heifers, robotic milkers, organic dairies, the Iowa Beef Center and soil and water conservation impact on forages; (bioenergy forages) perennial biomass, grasses and trees, biomass for University of Iowa power station, and opportunities for producers and harvesters of biomass.
"The Central Iowa Expo facility is a great location to host a Hay and Forage Expo," says Matt Jungmann, Farm Progress national events manager. "The site is easily accessible for producers driving to the event and the close proximity to a major metropolitan area makes it easy for those flying into the show. Since the Expo will be staged on the same site as the Farm Progress Show, amenities include air conditioned restrooms, paved streets and electricity.
Food and drink, served by the Boone County Cattlemen, will be available on site. Trams will be available to take Expo visitors from the exhibit field to the different demonstration locations.
Plan to attend
The 2014 Hay & Forage Expo will be held Wednesday, June 25 and Thursday, June 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The show site is located off of Highway 30, east of Boone, Iowa, at Central Iowa Expo. Admission is free; parking is $10 per vehicle. The public is welcome.
For more information, visit www.HayExpo.com or call 866-264-7469.
The event is sponsored by Penton Farm Progress' Hay & Forage Grower, Wallaces Farmer, Wisconsin Agriculturist and The Farmer publications. Visit www.hayexpo.com for more information and www.HayandForage.com for more Hay & Forage Grower content and information.
Schedule of events
Wednesday and Thursday June 25 & 26, 2014
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All exhibits open
10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Mowing and tedding
11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Forage chopping
1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Raking, baling and hay handling